Hotel Le Marais
What We Love
- Perfect French Quarter spot on Conti Street, between Bourbon Street’s debauchery and Royal Street’s antique shops
- Free: WiFi, a welcome drink at Vive! bar and a simple continental breakfast
- Shady brick courtyard with a small saltwater pool
What To Know
- Despite its proximity to one of the biggest parties on the planet, this is no party hotel
- The hotel bar is small and best for a happy hour sip by the pool
- No room service or restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A resemblance to Starwood’s boutique single-letter brand is undeniable, down to the violet hues, oversize armchairs and glossy finishes in the diminutive lobby and bar; the huge black-and-white photos by Bonita Waesche of the Louisiana bayou provide just enough sense of place. Outside, a leafy brick courtyard mixes Big Easy charm — foliage and gas lamps, with wrought iron and plantation shutters above — with mod patio furniture around a small pool and mood lighting after dark.
Bed and Bath
Most of Le Marais’s 66 guestrooms wrap around the courtyard, though some look out over Conti Street, and are a serene oasis from the madness outside. The palette of violet, rose and black in the lobby carries over into the sparkling guestrooms, where it’s limited to striped carpeting and accent pillows. Dark wood furniture adds a touch of elegance, and an iPod/iPhone dock, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a large desk with an ergonomic chair and speedy WiFi keep you connected to the modern world. Behind a sliding door the black tile bathroom features a walk-in shower, mounted magnifying mirror and waffle robes.
So much of your time in the Big Easy is spent drinking, often at a bar or around a dinner table, but sometimes wandering down the street. Le Marais’s bar, Vive!, hosts a lovely happy hour where you can sip a Sazerac by the pool — or in the pool, if you wish.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. Start your boozy odyssey off with the classics and see where they take you. Napoleon House was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade and soda with Pimm’s No. 1. Then get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. A new breed of New York City mixologist migrated south after Hurricane Katrina to stake its claim as the city reinvents itself. SoBou pairs mixological magic by Brooklyn ex-pat RyeGirl (née Abigail Deirdre Gullo, formerly of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance) and food by the culinary team behind NOLA’s legendary Commander’s Palace. Sidle up to the bar and start with her Taylor Bird Sazerac (a Pernod absinthe rinse with cognac, Sazerac rye, bitters and a twist).
How to Get There
This was our second stay at Hotel Le Marais and we will certainly return. The location is amazing, the staff is unbelievably courteous and helpful and the room is perfect. My family also loved the pool and bar. Breakfast is also terrific !!
Great hotel in a great location - easy access to many sights and attractions in New Orleans. Possibly a bit close to Bourbon street for some and the 'Premium' balcony room we stayed in that was street facing was a bit noisy due to the late night partying nearby, (and occassional morning bin collections!!). If I stayed again I'd request an internal facing room as the pool area was lovely at night. Can't really fault the hotel though - the staff were all exceptionally friendly, helpful and professional at all times and the rooms well equipped and comfortable... indeed, I don't know what the pillows were but I need those in my life! The breakfast wasn't the best quality I experienced in the US, but it was included (which is a rarity) and had far more selection that I was expecting so I'm not really complaining about it (more full english than continental too for those of us in the UK as it included eggs, bacon, sausages etc). All in all we had a great stay here and I'd definitely consider returning if I'm back in New Orleans (fingers crossed as it's an amazing city!)
The hotel location was perfect. No outside noise but we could come out and just in a few feet be in the mist of the action. Walking distance of everything. The staff was nice! We love Brock he was our favorite front desk person. The room was a nice size and clean.
We recently spent seven nights at this lovely hotel. Clean, modern rooms. Continental breakfasts with many food options. Helpful, caring staff. We would give this hotel an excellent rating if a small refrigerator were in each room.
All was good. The shower could have been a little cleaner and the but overall, the hotel is in a great location, friendly staff and very good price. The pool area and lounge are beautiful and cozy!!!!